The teaser of Adam McKay’s new comedy Don’t Look Up is here, with a mighty cast.
Both Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio play the roles of astronomers, Kate Dibiasky and Dr. Randall Mindy, trying to warn the world about the global threat posed by a speeding comet in the film (Releasing in theaters Dec. 10 and on Netflix Dec. 24).
“I’ve known Jennifer for a good while now,” tells writer-director McKay (Step Brothers, The Big Short), expressing how he succeeded in landing his leads. “One of the first meetings she ever took in Los Angeles was with me. She is a massive fan of Step Brothers. I’ve been a giant fan [of hers] since she first came on the scene and she just straight up makes me laugh. So I wrote this role for her. She was the first actor in.”
The filmmaker states that “Leo was interested and then the pandemic hit. So we used a lot of the time during the pandemic to just go through the script, talk about his character. He’s really smart, he really knows movies, he knows movie history, he understands characters, and it was very enjoyable.”
Leo DiCaprio tells the EW, “Adam has an unparalleled ability to spark conversation with humor and timely stories. I knew when I read his script that it was incredibly unique, as it struck an important chord concerning the modern world we live in. Adam has woven an incredibly timely message about society, how we communicate, our current priorities, and the climate crisis into an absurdly funny yet important movie.”
The movie’s incredible cast also has Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Rob Morgan, Mark Rylance, Ron Perlman, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Chiklis, Tomer Sisley, and Chris Evans.
“Chris Evans has a little cameo in the movie,” reveals McKay. “He’s very funny. I won’t give away who he plays but he does pop up in the movie.” Also, Streep plays U.S. President Janie Orlean whilst Jonah Hill plays the role of her son and the chief-of-staff, Jason.
“She’s very concerned about the poll numbers, very concerned about the politics, loves her own celebrity,” tells McKay of Streep’s commander-in-chief. “She’s a hybrid of all the ridiculous leaders that we’ve had for the past ten, 20, 30 years.”